VfL Women internationals return from their travels.
The first international break of the year is over for VfL Wolfsburg Women’s internationals – for those who played, that is, as some did not feature for their countries. While Denmark (Sofie Svava) and Norway (Ingrid Engen and Karina Saevik) elected against playing fixtures, Dominique Janssen (injured) and Shanice van de Sanden (personal reasons) had to pull out of the ‘Three Nations, One Goal’ tournament with the Netherlands – meaning they missed a high-profile clash against Germany.
Positives despite defeat
The purpose of the ‘Three Nations, One Goal’ tournament was to promote the joint 2027 World Cup bid from Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. On the pitch, though, the focus was on next year’s European Championship.
In the opening game against ex-She-Wolf Tessa Wullaert’s Belgian side, Germany won 2-0 with Svenja Huth opening the scoring in only the second minute. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s charges then went down 2-1 in a high-quality contest against tournament winners Netherlands, but there were nevertheless plenty of good takeaways for a Germany team containing seven VfL players.
Comfortable wins for Sweden
Sweden, with She-Wolves duo Rebecka Blomqvist and Fridolina Rolfö in the squad, headed to Malta for two friendlies. Rolfö hit a brace in an emphatic 6-1 victory over Austria, followed by a 3-0 win against Malta.
Katarzyna Kiedrzynek, meanwhile, was on the losing side with Poland in Madrid as they lost 3-0 to Spain and 2-0 to Czech Republic, and thus missed out on qualification for EURO 2022 in England.